I haven't seen much on here about Black Sheep knitwear. I just picked up the shawl collar cardigan they offer, in navy and I really like it so far. I was looking for a shawl collar cardigan to stand in as a very casual odd knit jacket because at my work wearing a real jacket would get you a lot of "where's the interview" ribs but I don't always like wearing button down shirts without a jacket. Also, I own a non-shawl cardigan in mid gray but I can't wear that with gray flannels.
Anyway, it's lambswool, made in England, very hefty (not a thin, mall brand cardigan) and has leather buttons.
The inspiration I was taking was mainly people like Daniel Craig, Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt (in Benjamin Button). Pretty typical inspiration for menswear cardigans :D
Anyway, I ordered a small. Medium would be the more traditional choice for someone my size but I wanted it to be fitted (which is a controversial opinion, I know, when it comes to men's knitwear) and wool is very stretchy so I knew a small wouldn't be too tight. The fit is great! I'm 5'11" and about 160 athletic build (but get bigger in the winter when I'm working out more and putting on a bit of weight) and this has the fitted look I'm looking for as well as being nice and long, a bit shorter than a traditional odd jacket (working by the thumb length rules) but certainly as long as some more contemporary odd jackets and suit jackets.
Now the one thing I did do is this: I don't dislike the traditional lapel roll this is shipped with and it is certainly "correct" and nothing is wrong with it, but it has a fairly high stance as it is a 5 button cardigan and I wanted to wear it more like the Brad Pitt photos I mentioned. Luckily, it was extremely easy to grow the roll as there is a lot of extra lapel to roll over throughout the sides and neck and now I have a deeper roll with a wider lapel (rolling over the top button and hole as in a 3/2 jacket). The image, at this point, evokes knit loungewear such as a sort of smoking jacket variation except as an odd knit jacket.
If I wanted to have a fit like the guys on the website or any traditional cardigan photo, I would have probably gone with medium for bagginess and the roll it ships with is perfectly fine for that look, but I am extremely pleased with the malleability of knitwear and how this tailor-free alteration makes the entire thing look.
I will try and post pictures in a bit.